Music can be a great way to learn a new language. While clapping along or tapping your toes, you’re also hearing new sounds and words that slowly become familiar phrases. Ni Hao (Mandarin Chinese) becomes a natural way to say “hello”. And it makes perfect sense that 5 peeping “pollitos” (Spanish) are little chicks. And a counting song in any language makes learning the numbers a snap!
Last week we asked one of our favorite bilingual teaching moms to share her favorite picks for teaching Mandarin Chinese to children. Amanda Hsiung-Blodgett; known to her students as Miss Panda (http://www.MissPandaChinese.com/), helps children everywhere learn Mandarin Chinese through kids songs and stories that are perfect for little ones of any age and adults as well. Miss Panda not only has a passion for languages and is raising her children with English and Mandarin (plus a bit of French and Japanese) but she also feels that sharing languages enables toddlers, preschoolers, kindergarteners and homeschooled children to become young global citizens who can actively explore and participate in their world!
Here are Miss Panda’s excellent picks for learning Mandarin through music:
The “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” Song in Mandarin Chinese
Hello and Numbers Song in Mandarin Chinese
The London Bridge Song in Mandarin Chinese
Sing “The Eensy Weensy Spider” in Mandarin Chinese
“The Happy Birthday Song” in Mandarin Chinese
Two Tigers – A Classic Chinese Song For Children
Visit The Taipei Li-Yuan Peking Opera
We hope you enjoy what you hear as you listen, laugh and learn through these simple songs.